Archive for September, 2012
“Is it true or is it false that one of every five children in America lives in poverty?” Just one question taken from the “Poverty Quiz” on a new and highly user-friendly website, www.povertyusa.org, established to spread the word about poverty in America. This new website was designed with educators and group leaders in mind, but it could prove useful as a tool for family discussion of the poor and our responsibilities to them.
(Reader’s Tip) Are your grown children starting to think about marriage? Pray that God will lead them to the right person. Encourage them to pray, too.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28) You may not need this scripture right now, but you’ll need it sometime. Hang on to these words of comfort when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Be Jesus’ comfort to your beloved.
Money and finances can be a source of tension in a marriage. Josh shares one simple change he and Stacey have recently made that has helped their financial situation and eased the tension.
“The families of migrants, especially in the case of manual workers and farm workers, should be able to find a homeland everywhere in the church.” (Familiaris Consortio) Does your family know any migrants from another country? Find one or two and invite them to dinner.
“Even if we are not called to sell all that we have (Luke 18:22), we probably are called to not buy everything that it is possible to buy.” (Susan Vogt) What do you expect to spend money on today? Some items are essential but is there one purchase that you can skip?
“Recently, one of my friends with two kids told me the secret of motherhood during times of transition – simply have no expectations. Two months ago, that advice would have been laughable and foreign to me. These days, I couldn’t agree more.”
(Reader’s Tip) My husband and I take turns planning our anniversary each year. Sometimes the plans are a total surprise to the other spouse, sometimes it’s a coordinated effort, but it’s always fun.
“Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith.” (James 2: 5) Do you know anyone who is really poor? Look around you. What can you learn of faith from those you see?
Children often criticize, and make fun of others. So do adults. Check yourself against these three criteria when criticizing your spouse (or anyone): Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? If not, it’s probably fault-finding or gossip.
The world Synod of Bishops that assembles in Rome this fall will discuss the “new evangelization.” The laity of the Church are considered vital participants in evangelization. How do married couples and families serve to evangelize others?
(Reader’s Tip) You’ve got to give in (in disagreements). Both of you have to give in. Once it’s your turn and the next time it’s the other’s turn (From a couple married 80 years).
Five-year-old Lucy is definitely a Mama’s girl, but Stacey knows this stage probably won’t last. She reflects on the complicated relationship between moms and daughters.
An ache or a pain, an angst or an annoyance. What to do? Offer it up. This traditional spiritual practice of offering up our troubles as a prayer can redirect our energy from our own gloom to the good of another. For whom can you offer up today’s problems?
Many parishes in the U.S. sponsor Eucharistic adoration, a devotion that has become more widespread in recent years. Here’s a look at how the practice started.
You can be right, or you can be married. Marriage often involves learning (or being told) when you are wrong. You can humbly accept this information when it is true or choose to pick a fight. Fight for your marriage. It’s better than proving you’re right.
When we need help or encouragement, it’s nice to know that we can turn to those special friends of God–the saints. These short biographies of 50 female saints will delight and inspire the reader.
Gus is almost a month old. As Sara reflects on the changes in her family she says, “I wasn’t prepared for the joy that Gus would bring to our lives.”
(Reader’s Tip) My husband and I will occasionally surprise each other with coffee, candy or flowers. It’s a nice way to show we’re thinking of each other.
(Labor Day) Do you show appreciation for the work your spouse does inside the home? Take a moment to say thank for something he or she does on a regular basis, such as cooking, lawn care or laundry.
“Be doers of the word…Care for orphans and widows in their affliction.” (James 1:23,27) Do you know any orphans or widows in distress? If so, do something to help. If not, try to find at least one. After all, you are blessed not to be a widow(er).
Taking care of your child sometimes means taking time away from your child. Nurturing your marriage will pay benefits for your child even if it costs money for a babysitter.